Feed Lot

JUN 2018

Feedlots and cow/calf operations in the beef industry who feed 500 or more has annually on grains and concentrates; maintain 500 or more beef cows; backgrounder, stocker/grower, preconditioner; veterinarian, nutritionist, consultant

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FEEDLOT FOCUS how sprinklers/misters are used and their position in the pen. Here are Dr. Mader's tips for utilizing sprinklers or misters as part of a heat mitigation strategy. 1 Understand the water availability, consumption and have back up plan. Making sure you have enough capacity to run a sprinkler or mis- ter system while dealing with in- creased water consumption on hot days. On those days, livestock may drink anywhere from 8 to 15 gallons, possibly up to 20 gallons/ head a day. Adding a sprinkler system could double that consump- tion. Even a mister system, which does not use as much water, could add another three to six gallons per head per day. Be sensitive to your water supply and your back up supply. If something is compro- mised, what is your backup system to water cattle? I've seen situations where it's problematic with sprinklers when you've used so much water, you compromise the water supply for livestock to drink. Or maybe a pump goes down and then cattle are out of water. That's where you could see a high death loss. Make sure you have a plan. S prinkler or mister systems are used successfully in cattle operations to provide respite from extreme heat. Terry Mader, Ph.D, owner of Mader Consulting and a retired Beef Cattle Specialist from the University of Nebras- ka-Lincoln, said there is more to a successful sprinkler program than just turning on the water. It is important to consider the entire water system, the type of cattle, 6 FEED•LOT June 2018 1-800-536-8438 "We can customize a system to meet your needs." ❖ Platform Scales (10 sizes/self-contained) ❖ Single Animal Weigh Cage (self-contained) ❖ Single Animal Scales (under squeeze chutes) ❖ Portable Calf Scales (3 designs for various weights) ❖ Hay Processor Scales TIPS TO BEST FEEDYARD 5

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